Those Photos Untaken

February 2, 2014

Young father photographing his child

Young father photographing his child

I am still thinking about a few lost photos from our recent road trip in California.  Sometimes I see something interesting from the car, but we are going too fast to stop or the road has no shoulders to safely pull over.  Sometimes we do not take the time to backtrack because we are getting tired, and sometimes the moment is gone, and the photo opportunity, too.

I collect photos of weird animal crossing signs, and I regret that we did not go back to photograph a warthog crossing sign off Hwy 1.  I remember a bougainvillea-covered storefront and a farmer surveying the irrigation system in his field, gone in a flash by my passenger-side car window.  I wish I had taken a photo of the sign that said, “FREEDOM Next Exit.”

Today I will share with you a few miscellaneous California photos that won’t be expanded into a full post.  They all form part of the memories of my journey — those captured in my lens:

Seagull at Baylands Nature Center

Seagull at Baylands Nature Center

The bird with the spats

The bird with the spats

Egret

Egret

En plein air painter at Baylands

En plein air painter at Baylands

Another painter

Another painter

Fishing off the pier at Pillar Point

Fishing off the pier at Pillar Point

Fisherman with bait for crabs, Pillar Point

Fisherman with bait for crabs, Pillar Point

Roller skater at Golden Gate Park

Roller skater at Golden Gate Park

Urban sketcher at Golden Gate Park

Urban sketcher at Golden Gate Park

Saxaphone player under a bridge at Golden Gate Park

Saxophone player under a bridge at Golden Gate Park

Outdoor musicians, Golden Gate Park

Outdoor musicians, Golden Gate Park

3 Responses to “Those Photos Untaken”

  1. Janet McIntosh Says:

    Each one is it’s own story! Thanks for taking us with you on your California trip, Rosemary.

  2. shoreacres Says:

    Lovely, all of them. But perhaps you shouldn’t regret those missed photos too much. Here and there, I see articles or postings by professional and serious amateur photographers who sometimes make a point to set the camera aside, and focus directly on the world.

    I’m sure I’ve told you of Annie Dillard lovely conceit for this. As she says, sometimes she is the photographer, and sometimes she is the film.

    There have been studies, too, that suggest our ability to re-member our experiences is being eroded by the constant photo-taking which iGadgets allow. It’s a little soon for any firm conclusions, I’d think. On the other hand, there’s a good bit of data, since everyone seems to be taking iphone photos ALL the time. I saw someone snapping a picture of an avocado in the grocery store the other day. I have no idea….

    • Rosemary Says:

      That could have been me photographing an avocado! I do weird things like that. I love Annie Dillard’s point of view. I sometimes think my memories are of the things I’ve photographed rather than the things I’ve just looked at. But I may be wrong.


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